Union

Astria Regional Medical Center


Negotiation update


We met with the administration on Dec. 3 for our first session of mediation with a federal mediator. We spent much of the day bringing the mediator up to date with the negotiations and explaining in great detail our position. The day was well spent and brings us closer to a successful resolution.

The negotiation team has heard reports of nurses incurring insufficient fund fees from their banks due to the payroll error that caused paychecks to be late on Nov. 23. If you have been impacted by this, please notify WSNA Nurse Representative Jayson Dick as soon as possible.

In Solidarity,

Your Negotiation Team: Herbie Aganda, Evette Runyon, Mark McFeeley, Laurie Robinson and Ty Fotheringill

Questions? Call our WSNA nurse representative, Jayson Dick, MBA, BSN, RN, at 206-858-2139.


United we stand up for patients and for dignity


Yakima Picket Notice Delivery

Our hospitals are able to serve our community because nurses and service and technical workers make the commitment every day to give our absolute best for the care of our patients. Together, WSNA and SEIU took a stand and demanded that Astria show that same level of commitment. A true commitment to the care and lives of our patients means having the supplies and staff for us to do our jobs. When the hospital fails us, they are failing our patients and our community.

That is why on Friday, Nov. 9, we marched to administration together and delivered the 10-day notice of our intent to conduct an informational picket.

We can’t sit on the sidelines while our employer makes decisions that interfere with our ability to provide care, hurts our opportunities to attract and retain great staff and disrespects our commitment and years of service to our facility.

We are picketing for dignity, respect, safe staffing and a standard of care our community needs and deserves. Join us on Nov. 20 on the picket line. Only together can we hold Astria accountable and call on them to prioritize patient care.

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Picket Party

Monday, Nov. 19, 2018
5-7 p.m.
Shepherds Heart Church – 2 S. 10th Ave
Pizza and soda will be provided.

Informational Picket and Rally

Tuesday, Nov. 20, 2018
12:30-2:30 p.m.
On Walnut between 8th and 9th Ave
Food will be provided so you can join us on your break or lunch!


Stand up for safe patient care


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Together we’ve been standing up for safe patient care and working to put an end to the chronic short-staffing and low wages that keep good workers from wanting to work at our facility. We have stood up for respect and wages that recruit and retain nurses by sharing our stories, wearing stickers and showing our solidarity with SEIU. It’s time for us to keep going. We know our actions are working and now we need to make sure the hospital hears us.

We go back to the table on Nov. 5. Show your support for the bargaining team and pick up a yard sign!

Yard Sign Handout
Thursday, Nov. 1
11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Doctor’s Lounge, Astria Café
Everyone is welcome!

In Solidarity,

Your Negotiation Team: Herbie Aganda, Evette Runyon, Mark McFeeley, Laurie Robinson and Ty Fotheringill

Questions? Call WSNA Nurse Rep Jayson Dick MBA, BSN, RN at 1-206-858-2139.


Negotiations update: local unit meeting announcement


The bargaining team appreciates the feedback we have received regarding the lack of supplies in the Hospital. These issues were addressed in negotiations. We have received the Hospital’s assurances that the problems we are all seeing at Regional are temporary. While we all recognize that the Hospital has gone through several tough years, we also know that this hospital cannot rebuild without an investment in skilled and committed nurses.

Our bargaining team is committed to fighting for a fair contract and is proud to be partnering with the bargaining teams from Toppenish, SEIU at Regional and SEIU at Toppenish for that purpose.

Plan to attend the upcoming local unit meeting and bring a co-worker for a full negotiation update and action plan to demonstrate why our healthcare providers need to be the priority if the Hospital intends to rebuild.

Where: St E’s Hall
When: Wednesday, Oct. 24 from 6-8 p.m.

In Solidarity,

Your Negotiation Team: Herbie Aganda, Evette Runyon, Mark McFeeley, Laurie Robinson and Ty Fotheringill

Questions? Call WSNA Nurse Rep Jayson Dick MBA, BSN, RN at 1-206-858-2139.


Negotiation update


For the first time ever at Yakima Regional, WSNA and SEIU 1199 came together for a joint "sticker up" campaign as our bargaining team went back to the table on Sept. 4. The negotiation team would like to say thank you to all the nurses, NACs, housekeepers, scrub techs, rad techs, nutrition staff, respiratory, admitting and everyone else who participated in demonstrating their commitment to our patients and to winning fair contracts that promotes the retention and recruitment of core staff.

We had a very productive day at the table and were able to reach even more tentative agreements. We are still very far apart on key issues regarding wages and staffing language.

We look forward to continuing the work we started with SIEU as we come together as caregivers and use our collective voice to let the administration know that we stand united, and we demand fair wages, safe staffing and safe working conditions.

In solidarity!

Your negotiation team: Herbie Aganda, Evette Runyon, Mark McFeeley, Laurie Robinson and Ty Fotheringill.

Questions? Call WSNA Nurse Rep Jayson Dick, MBA, BSN, RN at 1-206-858-2139.


Negotiation update: Day 3


Little to no movement was made in reaching a fair contract during our session on the 27th of June. The employer is maintaining its position on 1.5% in each year of the contract as well as random drug screening and mandatory flu shots. The employer has also rejected our staffing language that would ensure nurses have a meaningful say in staffing conditions that would ensure safe patient care. Despite Astria’s “commitment towards bringing our hospital to a sustainable state”, their actions have made it clear that retention, recruitment, and safe staffing is not part of that vision. The Medical Center has reported that there are 80 vacant nursing positions and that they have spent approximately $3 million on agency nurses in the last 9 months. The employer’s proposals do not demonstrate a commitment to safe staffing or patient care.

Let administration know that you support a contract that promotes patient safety, a healthy working environment, and fair wages by speaking to your negotiation team members and signing our petition.

In Solidarity, Your Negotiation Team: Herbie Aganda, Evette Runyon, Mark McFeeley, Laurie Robinson, Ty Fotheringill.

Questions?? Call your Nurse Rep Jayson Dick MBA, BSN, RN 1-206-858-2139.


Join us at our next local unit meeting


Your negotiation team is preparing for our third session. We need to hear from you regarding many proposals made by the employer to include:

  1. The employer’s 1.5% per year wage proposal
  2. Staffing language
  3. Reinstating the random drug testing program
  4. Contract language that requires all nurses to receive annual flu shots

Please come hear what you can do to help win a contract that is fair to nurses, our patients and our community.

Where: Conference Room A/B (in the cafeteria)
When: Monday, June 25 from 6-8 p.m.

In Solidarity,

Your Negotiation Team: Herbie Aganda, Evette Runyon, Mark McFeeley, Laurie Robinson and Ty Fotheringill

Questions? Call WSNA Nurse Rep Jayson Dick MBA, BSN, RN at 1-206-858-2139.


Negotiation update: Day 2


Your bargaining team met for the second session with the Medical Center on May 23. We received the employer’s initial proposal and reached a few tentative agreements.

However, the Medical Center has rejected WSNA’s proposal to close the market wage gap with surrounding hospitals. Instead, the employer has offered only 1.5% in each year of the contract with adjustments to steps in the third year. The Medical Center currently has over 80 vacant RN positions it cannot fill. The employer’s proposal would push us even further behind the market and continue the Medical Center’s reliance on traveler nurses to care for our patients. Please stay tuned for information about what you can do to win a contract that is fair for our patients, our community and our nurses.

In solidarity,

Your Negotiation Team: Herbie Aganda, Evette Runyon, Mark McFeeley, Laurie Robinson and Ty Fotheringill.

Questions? Call WSNA Nurse Rep Jayson Dick MBA, BSN, RN at 1-206-858-2139.


Negotiation update: day 1


We met with administration on April 17 and we were pleased to see an employer bargaining team with faces we recognize. We appreciate the employer’s engagement in the process.

Your bargaining team presented our opening proposal and we look forward to receiving the employer’s complete proposal on May 23. Please support and encourage your negotiating team as we fight for competitive wages and a fair contract.

In solidarity,

Your Negotiation Team: Herbie Aganda, Evette Runyon, Mark McFeeley, Laurie Robinson and Ty Fotheringill.

Questions? Call WSNA Nurse Rep Jayson Dick MBA, BSN, RN at (206) 858-2139.


Local unit meeting announcement


It is now time to begin negotiating our first contract with Astria Health. Come and hear from our chief negotiator and negotiation team as we prepare to go to the table to gain a fair contract with long overdue competitive wages.

Where: St. E's auditorium
When: Wednesday, April 11 from 6 - 8 p.m.

Jayson D. Dick, MBA, BSN, RN
Nurse Representative
Washington State Nurses Association
206.858.2139


Yakima Regional home health and hospice nurses win lawsuit for unpaid work hours


Judge finds they were forced to work off the clock, will rule on remedy Feb. 14

In a major victory for home health and hospice nurses, Yakima county Superior Court Judge Blaine Gibson on Thursday ruled that "overwhelming evidence" proved that home care nurses working at Yakima Regional Medical Center were forced to work substantial amounts of uncompensated time off the clock.

Several years ago, home care nurses raised their concerns about being forced to work off the clock. The lawsuit was filed by WSNA after other efforts, including numerous meetings with management and multiple grievances, failed to resolve the issue.

The evidence at the trial showed that Yakima Regional managers regularly paid nurses for eight hours of work a day, knowing that the nurses were routinely working additional hours to give patients the care they needed, complete required documentation and coordinate care with doctors and pharmacists.

After nine days of testimony, Judge Gibson ruled from the bench that Yakima Regional failed to keep accurate time records and pay the nurses for the hours they worked.

Judge Gibson also ruled that the home care nurses were denied uninterrupted half-hour meal breaks, to which they are entitled by state law, on at least 90 percent of the days they worked. The judge noted that to ensure that their patients received needed care in a timely way, the nurses had to interrupt their meal periods regularly to take telephone calls from physicians and pharmacists. Otherwise, the judge noted, the nurses would end up "playing phone tag" while their patients suffered.

WSNA was represented in the trial by Jennifer Robbins and Laura Ewan of the law firm Schwerin Campbell Barnard Iglitzin & Lavitt.

Judge Gibson indicated that he will announce his final ruling on the amount of damages next Wednesday, February 14, at 2:30 p.m., in Yakima County Superior Court.

We will send you information about damages as soon as we can. Thank you to all the nurses who stepped forward to testify and for all the additional hours they put into this effort.

When we stand together, we win!
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Your contract negotiations survey is online!


The current contract between WSNA and your local unit expires March 31, 2018. This survey is our first step in our preparation for contract negotiations. Your input is critical to determining our priorities as we head to the bargaining table. It is vital that we know your issues and concerns prior to the start of the negotiations.

Take a moment to complete this survey now. The power of representation comes from the willingness of registered nurses to unite; our strength is in unity! Remember in order for WSNA to be an effective, strong, influential voice for you at the negotiation table, we need your membership and involvement.

Please provide us with your current contact information. WSNA and your negotiating team members do not share this information with anyone. It is only collected so that we may contact you if we have questions and so we may share important information with you regarding current negotiations and issues.

Please have all surveys completed by Feb. 12, 2018 so that your voice will be heard. Your input is valuable!

There is no strength without UNITY!

WE ARE ONE!

Questions?? Call your WSNA Nurse Rep Jayson Dick MBA, BSN, RN at 1-206-858-2139.